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    A Stradivarian bow: a jewel of four facets

    2024-07-17T08:53:45.837+01:00

    Recent research on the 17th- and 18th-century bows in the collection of the Musée de la Musique in Paris led to the attribution of a bow stick to the Stradivari workshop. Marie-Ève Geeraert and Jean-Philippe Échard shed some light on their discovery of this one-of-a-kind artefact

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    100 years of cellist Christopher Bunting: ‘The truth of one’s nature has the last word’

    2024-07-17T08:53:41.767+01:00

    British cellist Christopher Bunting brought an unwavering authenticity to his art as a performer, and as a renowned pedagogue he had the drive and generosity to help others achieve the same in their own playing. On the centenary of his birth, his daughter, violinist and teacher Philippa Bunting, considers his ...

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    Bass instinct: a new generation of double bass players

    2024-07-17T08:53:28.353+01:00

    The Strad speaks to five double bassists who are helping to shape a multifaceted and forward-looking new generation of players

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100 years of cellist Christopher Bunting: ‘The truth of one’s nature has the last word’

2024-07-17T08:53:41.767+01:00

British cellist Christopher Bunting brought an unwavering authenticity to his art as a performer, and as a renowned pedagogue he had the drive and generosity to help others achieve the same in their own playing. On the centenary of his birth, his daughter, violinist and teacher Philippa Bunting, considers his ...

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Bass instinct: a new generation of double bass players

2024-07-17T08:53:28.353+01:00

The Strad speaks to five double bassists who are helping to shape a multifaceted and forward-looking new generation of players

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Session Report: composer Ailbhe McDonagh and violinist Lynda O’Connor on The Irish Four Seasons

2024-07-17T08:53:00+01:00

Composer Ailbhe McDonagh and violinist Lynda O’Connor talk to Harry White about The Irish Four Seasons, a new work inspired by Vivaldi’s masterpiece, and their approach to recording it alongside its namesake

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‘This violoncello is perhaps the most perfect specimen’- From the archive: August 1924

2024-07-17T08:49:00+01:00

William Whitehouse, a professor at London’s Royal College of Music, recalls some stories about his friend and fellow cellist Carlo Alfredo Piatti (1822–1901)

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Opinion: Avoid overloading students with information

2024-07-17T08:47:44.393+01:00

Double bassist Alex Ferkey believes that young string players are often derailed by information overload, and should trust more in unconscious processes when trying to perfect their technique

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Sentimental Work: Simone Lamsma on Britten’s Violin Concerto

2024-07-17T08:47:00+01:00

The Dutch violinist feels a rapport with the sound world of Britten’s Violin Concerto, a piece that’s accompanied her since her success in the eponymous competition

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Violinist Rachel Podger: Music from every angle

2024-07-17T08:53:49.667+01:00

The celebrated British violinist and Baroque and Classical specialist Rachel Podger chats with Tom Stewart about her new guest director role, her approach to teaching Baroque playing and striving to create an exciting musical experience for her audiences

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A Stradivarian bow: a jewel of four facets

2024-07-17T08:53:45.837+01:00

Recent research on the 17th- and 18th-century bows in the collection of the Musée de la Musique in Paris led to the attribution of a bow stick to the Stradivari workshop. Marie-Ève Geeraert and Jean-Philippe Échard shed some light on their discovery of this one-of-a-kind artefact

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Violinist Rachel Podger: Music from every angle

2024-07-17T08:53:49.667+01:00

The celebrated British violinist and Baroque and Classical specialist Rachel Podger chats with Tom Stewart about her new guest director role, her approach to teaching Baroque playing and striving to create an exciting musical experience for her audiences

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Postcard from Norway: Bergen International Festival

2024-07-17T08:47:00+01:00

At the Bergen International Festival in Norway, Tim Homfray enjoyed some first-rate chamber performances as well as Hardanger fiddle music – and an unlikely heatwave

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‘It’s incredibly important in one’s career to do it your own way’ - violinist Tasmin Little’s life lessons

2024-07-17T08:47:00+01:00

The British violinist considers how to differentiate yourself as a musician and person

Competitions

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Ysaÿe International Violin Competition results announced

2024-07-16T13:30:00+01:00

Austrian and Australian violinists took home the senior and junior category prizes respectively

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Winners announced at the York International Young Artists Competition 2024

2024-07-16T12:22:00+01:00

Comprising violin, five-string cello piccolo and cello, Ayres Extemporae scooped the top prize package including cash, a recording contract, plus future professional engagements

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Winners announced for the 2024 Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition

2024-07-15T11:56:00+01:00

The top prizes were won by Austrian violinist Leonhard Baumgartner and Romanian violinist Constantin Stefan Cristian

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: August 2024

2024-07-17T08:46:21.987+01:00

The latest competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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Premiere of the Month: Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s work for the Dover Quartet

2024-07-17T08:46:00+01:00

Traditional Chickasaw melodies evoke woodland animals

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The Strad Podcast #115: designing your own musical education as an adult learner with violinist Julia Reddy

2024-04-11T08:38:00+01:00

How can adult students gain musical enrichment beyond the practice room? The violinist, teacher and podcaster shares her strategies

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The Strad Podcast Episode #57: Augustin Hadelich on Recuerdos and Ricochet

2024-04-04T08:10:00+01:00

Enjoy some ’R&R’: the violinist speaks about his new album, as well as a particularly tricky bowing technique

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The Strad Podcast #114: exploring resources and finding your teaching style with cellist Guy Johnston

2024-03-28T09:53:00+00:00

The cellist speaks about how resources left by renowned ‘cello gods,’ as well as fostering a community of sharing has informed his teaching methods throughout his career

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The Strad Podcast #113: Uncovering Ysaÿe’s lost works with violinist Philippe Graffin

2024-03-14T09:59:00+00:00

The violinist speaks about his efforts to bring Ysaÿe’s Poème concertant into the limelight

Competitions

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Ysaÿe International Violin Competition results announced

2024-07-16T13:30:00+01:00

Austrian and Australian violinists took home the senior and junior category prizes respectively

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Winners announced at the York International Young Artists Competition 2024

2024-07-16T12:22:00+01:00

Comprising violin, five-string cello piccolo and cello, Ayres Extemporae scooped the top prize package including cash, a recording contract, plus future professional engagements

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Winners announced for the 2024 Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition

2024-07-15T11:56:00+01:00

The top prizes were won by Austrian violinist Leonhard Baumgartner and Romanian violinist Constantin Stefan Cristian

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Celebrating Women Luthiers exhibit at Reuning & Son Violins

2024-07-17T12:16:00+01:00

Take a look at the second instalment of the international exhibit showcasing the work of outstanding women luthiers and musicians, held from 3 to 9 June 2024

Bow head from all angles

A Stradivarian bow: a jewel of four facets

2024-07-17T08:53:45.837+01:00

Recent research on the 17th- and 18th-century bows in the collection of the Musée de la Musique in Paris led to the attribution of a bow stick to the Stradivari workshop. Marie-Ève Geeraert and Jean-Philippe Échard shed some light on their discovery of this one-of-a-kind artefact

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Where science meets art: Positioning the f-holes

2024-07-17T08:53:21.47+01:00

Inspired by the work of the illustrious Cremonese masters, Alvin Thomas King presents a practical method for modern-day luthiers to position the f-holes on an instrument

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In Focus: A 1796 viola by Sebastian Dalinger

2024-07-17T08:52:49.65+01:00

Rainer Michael Cocron examines the Austrian maker’s late 18th-century instrument

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Trade Secrets: Bow tip replacement – part two

2024-07-17T08:52:37.85+01:00

How to shape the new tip after having replaced the ebony and ivory

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My Space: Peter & Rory Boardman’s Donaghadee workshop

2024-07-17T08:52:29.33+01:00

The father and son duo present their Northern Ireland workshop

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Concert review: Dover Quartet, Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

2024-07-17T08:42:11.533+01:00By

Leah Hollingsworth hears the performance of Turina, Dohnányi and Brahms at New York’s Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, on 30 April 2024

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Concert review: The Knights

2024-07-17T08:42:07.19+01:00By

Leah Hollingsworth hears the performance of Jessie Montgomery, Gabriel Kahane, Anna Clyne and Mozart at New York’s Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, on 16 May 2024

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Concert review: Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin) Danishta Rivero (sound technician)

2024-07-17T08:42:04.243+01:00By

Bruce Hodges hears the performance by the idiosyncratic violinist at Philadelphia’s Roulette on 6 May 2024

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Mirò Quartet: Home

2024-07-17T08:43:40.63+01:00By

An all-American celebration of the concept of home

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Karl Stobbe: Bach, Paganini, Ysaÿe

2024-07-17T08:43:36.237+01:00By

An artist compels in the Romantics but falls short in Bach

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Rachel Podger, Brecon Baroque: The Muses Restor’d

2024-07-17T08:43:31.87+01:00By

A thought-provoking programme from a period-instrument Pied Piper

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Book review: The Power of Practice: How Music and Yoga Transformed the Life and Work of Yehudi Menuhin

2024-07-17T08:42:18.737+01:00By

Yung-Chiao Wei reads Kristin Wendland’s volume on the benefits of yoga for string players, focusing particularly on the regimen of Yehudi Menuhin

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Book review: Together on Strings

2024-07-17T08:42:15.277+01:00By

Celia Cobb goes through Esther Klein and Michael Dartsch’s collection of 23 ‘German and international’ song arrangements for young string players

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Book review: Up Bow, Down Bow: A Child with Down Syndrome and His Journey to Master the Cello

2024-06-19T08:34:51.65+01:00By

Jacqueline Vanasse reads an account of teaching a child with Down’s syndrome written by his mother and principal cello teacher

Debate

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Opinion: Avoid overloading students with information

2024-07-17T08:47:44.393+01:00

Double bassist Alex Ferkey believes that young string players are often derailed by information overload, and should trust more in unconscious processes when trying to perfect their technique

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Opinion: Mass discardment of cheap bows

2024-07-01T08:05:00+01:00

Cellist Andrew Janss was shocked to discover the phenomenon of the cheap, single-use bow: one that costs more to rehair than replace. He calls for a change in manufacturers’ attitudes to such waste

Debate

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Opinion: Avoid overloading students with information

2024-07-17T08:47:44.393+01:00

Double bassist Alex Ferkey believes that young string players are often derailed by information overload, and should trust more in unconscious processes when trying to perfect their technique

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Opinion: Mass discardment of cheap bows

2024-07-01T08:05:00+01:00

Cellist Andrew Janss was shocked to discover the phenomenon of the cheap, single-use bow: one that costs more to rehair than replace. He calls for a change in manufacturers’ attitudes to such waste

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Artists

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    Great violinists: Nicolò Paganini

    2024-07-17T09:52:00+01:00

    In a special feature marking The Strad’s 120th anniversary in May 2010, Julian Haylock examined perhaps the greatest violinist of them all

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    Great violinists: Christian Ferras

    2024-07-16T08:28:00+01:00

    Nathaniel Vallois explores the sensuousness and raw force of the idiosyncratic French virtuoso, whose long battle with inner demons had a tragic conclusion

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    Great violinists: Jan Kubelík

    2024-07-15T07:15:00+01:00

    Tully Potter stands up for the old-school style and outstanding precision of the prodigious Czech performer

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